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Sunrise Visitor Center

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Sunrise Visitor Center

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With massive glaciers, powerful waterfalls, and alpine meadows, Mount Rainier National Park is among one of Washington's most spectacular reserves, but it can be hard to get to, especially in heavy traffic. Visiting the active volcano on a guided tour lets you focus on the views while your guide takes on the hassle of driving. Plus your guide knows some of the best stops to make at some of the most beautiful places in the park.
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adventuresof_jade_ wrote a review Aug 2020
Camas, Washington2,106 contributions440 helpful votes
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This was my 4th visit to Mount Rainier NP, DH's 3rd, and both of our 1st time to the Sunrise area. We've always gone to Paradise, but we finally decided to check out Sunrise since it was actually open. The road to sunrise is only open for a couple of months out of the year making it not the easiest of places to get to, and we've always gone to Paradise because it's a shorter drive for us. We also checked the weather and it was saying the mountain should be out. So with that we decided to take a chance and get up early and make the drive. After living in the PNW 4 years now we've learned that the weather here is extremely unpredictable, and being in the mountains of course the weather can change very quickly so we were hoping to not be disappointed. Well we were not, she was out and showing off all of her magnificent beauty and it was a glorious gorgeous day. I had no idea how crazy busy it was going to be, yes it's a Saturday in July, but it's during covid-19. All parking was gone except for 2 spots when we got there, so we were glad that we left early. There are 2 other reasons we're glad we left early, 2nd one is we only spent only about 10 mins in line getting into the park in the morning, but as we left around 2pm there was a line probably an hour wait or longer, some people were turning around. Super crazy people were parking their cars half in the road when all parking was taken, instead of driving on and finding somewhere else with parking, which is what you're supposed to do, they would just block traffic, I mean it was insanity, you should not visit these parks if you cannot follow the rules. I was shocked at how packed in all the cars were at the visitor center. There were so many people, majority wearing masks some not, it was a strange surreal moment because it was the first time we'd visited anywhere but the grocery store since March. Sunrise is at 6,400 feet and where we live is at 75 feet elevation so I was honestly having a hard time breathing with the mask on. When I would be completely alone on the trail I'd take it off, or as soon as people passed me and it looked clear I'd take it off again, but the trail was pretty busy, and I had to turn back around for feeling a lack of oxygen. We had our dog wish us too, and he couldn't be on the trail, so each one of us watched him at the trail head, whilst each one of us could go and explore some. It's really not a great place for small dogs because of the bears, but we couldn't leave him at home alone for as long as this trip takes in a day, and he couldn't stay in the car of course. Maybe next time a Dog sitter would have work better. The views from the rim trail are spectacular, and it's so green and gorgeous, it's what we love about WA state and being Washingtonian's for 4 years now, there's a reason they call it the evergreen state. Be Bear aware here, and when hiking I always have bear spray, I did see a Deer on the trail, and there was talk of a Bear near the visitor center. The mountain is just so incredibly amazing, it's hard not to stare and get mesmerized by it's beauty. After enjoying our time and hating how it was starting to feel really crowded we made the drive back home. As we were leaving the clouds were rolling in and started covering the mountain so that was the 3rd reason we were happy we left early in the morning. We will be back, we love our cascade mountains. Plus we love and support our wonderful National parks.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Meg wrote a review Aug 2020
Wenatchee, Washington9 contributions
Amazing hikes of all varieties. Many travel up the surrounding mountains for a close up look at the majestic Mt. Rainer. The trails slope through sub-alpine meadows, filled with birds, marmots, and the occasional mountain goat. Some parts of the trail are covered in snow (early August) so be careful.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Innsbruck30 wrote a review Apr 2020
Pennsylvanians Who Love The Alps15 contributions25 helpful votes
My wife and I drove to Sunrise and immediately saw a doe walking next to the parking lot. The shop was fun and the food was good, but the thing was the superb views. Mt. Rainier was perfect.. We took a couple short walks and really enjoyed ourselves.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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jatoes wrote a review Oct 2019
Galion, Ohio152 contributions43 helpful votes
A former Navy shipmate from over 30 years ago surprised my wife and I with a trip from their house to the Sunrise visitor center. We had two days previous of perfect clear views of the mountain while in downtown Seattle doing normal tourist stops. We were so lucky to have perfect weather for a visit to the visitor center with such a wonderful view of the mountain. Would love to go back someday and hike around more.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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SeniorTravelerTF wrote a review Oct 2019
Fort Atkinson708 contributions193 helpful votes
Most visitors see Rainier from Paradise, or one of the other southern centers. Because Sunrise stands alone on the east it offers a view of the mountain the others don't. The exhibit area is second only to Paradise in the park, and there is a snack bar to tide you over between trails. Plus, if you're on the drive to Sunrise other sights (i.e. Tipsoo Lake) are along the way. Recommend the Burrough Mountain trail to get to a (relatively) close up view of the mountain. It is long, and the southern return trail can be hairy if you aren't a fan of heights. Keep in mind that there are no lodging facilities here so plan for the drive to and from wherever you are staying.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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